(from TampaBay.com) - As local broadcasters prepare to cover what may be the biggest story they’ll see in many years, the preparations for the Republican National Convention in Tampa are reaching a fever pitch.
One TV station, Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28, gave staffers riot training and hired a former journalism professor from the University of Tampa to focus specifically on arranging it’s RNC coverage. Other stations are considering how to beef up security for the staffers, perhaps hiring guards to watch their vehicles and people while considering advice to de-emphasize station logos while out where protesters may target journalists.
Tampa Fox affiliate WTVT-Ch. 13 has de-emphasized the logos surrounding it’s Kennedy Blvd. headquarters, with black rectangles placed over some signs featuring the Fox 13 logo and a sign touting its Skytower radar placed over the big station logo in the building’s front yard….Cont….
***NOTE: The image above is from the 1996 St. Peterburg riots. A microwave van from WTOG (who had a news department at the time) was torched by rioters. We here at FNC thought the image above complimented this story perfectly.***